There are several ways one can attempt to salvage a phone that's been dropped in water: pat it down with a towel, remove the battery and put it in a cup of dry rice, avoid the temptation to use a hairdryer.
Now, according to Engadget, Daikin Industries is looking to replace those cross-your-fingers methods with a water-resistant coating applied to phones before they have a chance to get wet.
According to the demo video, the coating dries in one minute at room temperature and is between 0.1 and 1 microns thick -- for a better idea of how thick that is, the eye of a needle measures 1,230 microns.
The coating doesn't promise to make phones entirely waterproof, but rather to raise "the baseline in waterproofing to everyday standards," thereby reducing the risk of a phone malfunctioning if it does get dropped in water.
Daikin isn't the first company to attempt a water resistant coating for phones. In October, reports surfaced that Nokia had a hydrophobic coating in the works that bounces water away and could be thin enough to be layered over a phone's interior mechanisms, as well as it exterior.
Another product called Liqupel got some buzz earlier this year for its protective spray which only needs to be applied once and supposedly is thin enough not to be detected by the human eye.
And then there's HZO, a water-proof coating by Zagg, that is designed to be used in the manufacturing phase.
But Business Insider notes that Daikin's coating distinguishes itself from the competition with its low toxicity, making it more environmentally friendly than its predecessors.
The coating could be available as early as December.
Until then, have a look at some sweet accessories for dressing up, showing off, or enhancing the features of your iPhone.
If you listen to music on your phone, you're going to need something besides those Cupertino-issued earbuds. The Incase Capsule earbuds look cool, deliver great sound and are, according to Wired, "the best choice at the $50 mark." Image via Incase
If the Oxford English Dictionary had a picture next to the word "awesome" it would be a photo of this one-of-a-kind iPhone case, which is covered in a rainbow of kitschy decals and overlaid with rhinestones. ($8 on Etsy, which has more handmade iPhone 4 cases here.) Image via LUXYLOLI on Etsy
You could pretend to drink a fake beer out of your iPhone, or with this hard-shell case that has a bottle opener embedded in the back, you could use that phone to open a real beer. Your choice. ($19.95 on iBottleOpener.com) Image via iBottle
This full-body wrap is made from a "photoluminescent plastic like material" that will glow for hours and recharge in minutes once the lights go on. The skin, which comes in blue, red, green and orange also protects your phone from scratches and dirt, making it both practical and rave appropriate. ($24.95 from SlickWraps) Image via SlickWraps
This portable pico projector takes the pictures, movies and text messages from your iPhone and splashes them up on the wall at a size of 60-inches across. ($299.99 from WowWee Tech Shop) Image via WowWee
This portable acoustic amplifier raises the volume on your iPhone 10 decibels without electricity or batteries. How does it work? According to Electronista, it's basically a tiny phonograph except instead of a horn, it has a series of coiled tubes that collect and amplify the sound. ($19.99 from Griffin) Image via Griffin
This case, has a 2000mAh Lithium Polymer battery inside of it, which gives you six extra hours of talking or 40 extra hours of music listening on your iPhone. ($69 on Dexim.net) Image via Dexim
iPhones are being used to shoot feature films, so it's no surprise that accessories have gotten pretty professional too. This camera slider, designed specifically for smartphones and digital cameras, allows you to get that super slick slider effect on right on your phone videos. ($135 from Mobislyder.com) Image via Glide Track